Umbilical Cord Care

After the umbilical cord is cut, the remaining portion ("belly button") will continue to dry. It will normally fall off in 5-10 days, and sometimes a little longer.

  • Keep the cord dry and clear of any dirt or debris.
  • When using diapers, arrange the cord above the diaper so it remains exposed to air. This prevents irritation by urine, and it also keeps it dry.
  • If the cord gets wet during a bath, just pat it dry with a towel.
  • When the cord falls-off, a small amount of bleeding at the site is normal.